Question: Ulcerative Colitis & Alcohol

Is it possible to trigger a flare from drinking alcohol? I haven't seen blood in two months but the other night I had 4 coolers spread out over a 7 hour period. By the end of the night, I was bleeding a lot. During three movements there was a lot of blood and then one without. Could this be a mini flare?


Andrea M.

IBD Advocate


Some patients find alcohol triggers flares, however limited research has been done to see if alcohol does or doesn’t trigger UC flares. In general though, one day of feeling 'off' would not constitute a flare. I would ask my patients to see if the problems continue and if they do, to seek medical attention.


Dr. Brian Bressler


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